Wakefield firefighter runs to Hull and back 19 times for Laila Milly

John Nicholson a Wakefield fire fighter who ran a 12 hour ultra marathon on the Humber bridge covering 76 miles.
John Nicholson a Wakefield fire fighter who ran a 12 hour ultra marathon on the Humber bridge covering 76 miles.

A FIREFIGHTER ran a staggering 76 miles in 12 hours to help a foundation which is raising awareness of a rare genetic disorder.

John Nicholson, who is based at Wakefield Fire Station, equalled the course record in “ultra-marathon” Hell on the Humber.

Steven and Maya McCormack,of Ackworth, whose daughter Laila Milly (10 months) suffers from a rare brain disorder

Steven and Maya McCormack,of Ackworth, whose daughter Laila Milly (10 months) suffers from a rare brain disorder

The challenge saw entrants run across the Humber Bridge as many times as possible in 12 hours and Mr Nicholson crossed the river 28 times.

Mr Nicholson, 40, said: “It’s called ‘Hell on the Humber’ - and it is. You have to run across the bridge as many times as you can in 12 hours.

“You set off at 7pm and run until seven in the morning. You can’t stop.”

Mr Nicholson ran to raise money for the Laila Milly Foundation, set up by Ackworth couple Steve and Maya McCormack, whose daughter Laila died of rare genetic disorder Aicardi syndrome.

The Foundation has been fundraising to open a nursery in Hemsworth and raise awareness of the condition.

Mr Nicholson, of Oakwood Avenue, Wakefield, said cash was still being collected from the run.

He thanked his wife, Claire, 39, who travelled to Humberside to support him in the challenge last weekend.

He said: “I had to pace myself to try and get across as many times as I could. I couldn’t have done it without Claire passing me food and drinks.

“The race is winner stays on, so I’ll be back next year.”